BOMA Canada Honours Excellence in Commercial Real Estate for 2007



    TORONTO, Sept. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - The Building Owners and Managers
Association of Canada has announced the winners of the prestigious 2007
national awards in recognition of excellence in the Canadian commercial real
estate industry.
    The Chairman of BOMA Canada, Ken Loeppky CPM, offered his congratulations
to the winners and to all finalists, each of whom has already been an award
winner at the local level. "BOMA Canada's national awards program recognizes
the very best of the dynamic Canadian commercial real estate industry,"
Loeppky said. "These awards acknowledge the special efforts made by those in
the industry whose leadership and hard work set new benchmarks and define the
shape of things to come."
    Loeppky presented the awards during the 2007 BOMA Canada National Awards
Gala, held September 19, 2007 in Toronto, Ontario, in conjunction with
BOMEX(R), BOMA Canada's National Conference and Exposition.
    The Office Building of the Year (TOBY) Awards salute the stars of the
commercial real estate industry, recognizing excellence in property
management, operations, resource conservation, environmental awareness,
leasing and building design, customer service and innovation.
    All facets of a building's operations are thoroughly evaluated during the
judging process, including tenant relations programs, community involvement,
emergency evacuation procedures, property management functions, maintenance,
operating costs and control procedures, security and life safety procedures,
energy management programs, environmental programs, architectural significance
and appearance, and staff development programs.
    The competition consists of three levels of judging: the first level of
competition is at the local level, by local BOMA associations across Canada.
Winning local entries then advance to the national level; and finally Canada's
national winners (TOBY & Earth) are eligible to advance to the BOMA
International competition in 2008.
    Winners of the national TOBY Awards were announced in nine (9)
categories.

    
    OFFICE BUILDING OF THE YEAR - Under 100,000 Square Feet
    Winner: 555 Dr.-Frédérik-Philips, Saint-Laurent, Québec
        Managed by:    Conseillers immobiliers GWL
        Owned by:      The Great West Life Assurance Company
        Architect(s):  Brian Elsdon Burrows

    OFFICE BUILDING OF THE YEAR - 100,000 - 249,999 Square Feet
    Winner: PriceWaterhouseCoopers Place, Vancouver, British Columbia
        Managed by:    Cadillac Fairview Corporation
        Owned by:      Ontrea Inc.
        Architect(s):  Musson Cattel Mackey Partnership

    OFFICE BUILDING OF THE YEAR - 250,000 - 499,999 Square Feet
    Winner: 1801 McGill College, Montréal, Québec
        Managed by:    Conseillers immobiliers GWL
        Owned by:      British Columbia Investment Management Corporation
                       (bcIMC)
        Architect(s):  Webb Zerafa Menkes Housden

    OFFICE BUILDING OF THE YEAR - 500,000 - 1 Million Square Feet
    Winner: Centre CDP Capital, Montréal, Québec
        Managed by:    SITQ
        Owned by:      Société Immobilière Camont Inc.
        Architect(s):  Consortium Gauthier Daoust Lestage -
                       Faucher Aubertin Brodeur Gauthier - Lemay et associés

    OFFICE BUILDING OF THE YEAR - Renovated Building
    Winner: Complexe Desjardins, Montréal, Québec
        Managed by:    Place Desjardins inc.
        Owned by:      Desjardins Financial Security
        Architect(s):  Urban Planner and Senior Architect:
                       Société La Haye-Ouellet
        Associate
        Architects:    Longpré, Marchand, Goudreau and Blouin, Blouin,
                       Gauthier, Guité, Roy

    OFFICE BUILDING OF THE YEAR - Historical Building
    Winner: Canada Life Building, Toronto, Ontario
        Managed by:    GWL Realty Advisors Inc.
        Owned by:      The Canada Life Assurance Company
        Architect(s):  Sproatt & Rolph

    OFFICE BUILDING OF THE YEAR - Corporate Facility
    Winner: National Bank Tower / Tour de la Banque Nationale, Montréal,
            Québec
        Managed by:    LSR Immobilier
        Owned by:      National Bank of Canada
        Architect(s):  David, Boulva, Cleve

    OFFICE BUILDING OF THE YEAR - Government Building
    Winner: Garden City Tower, St. Catherines, Ontario
        Managed by:    SNC-Lavalin ProFac Inc.
        Owned by:      Owned by the Ontario Government, Ministry of Public
                       Infrastructure Renewal represented by the Ontario
                       Realty Corporation (ORC)
        Architect(s):  Webb Serafa Menkes Housden Partnership

    OFFICE BUILDING OF THE YEAR - Suburban Office Park (Mid-Rise)
    Winner: Carling Executive Park, Ottawa, Ontario
        Managed by:    Bentall Real Estate Services LP
        Owned by:      bcIMC Realty Corporation
        Architect(s):  James Grainger and Associates Architect Inc.

    BOMA Canada's Pinnacle Awards recognize companies that represent a
standard of excellence to which all BOMA members and their employees should
aspire. The Pinnacle Awards recognize innovation, teamwork, outstanding
service and commitment to clients. BOMA Canada announced winners in four
categories.

    Pinnacle Award - Customer Service
    Winner: Bentall Real Estate Services LP (York Mills Centre), Toronto,
            Ontario

    Pinnacle Award - Innovation
    Winner: Cion Corp. Toronto, Ontario

    The Earth Award is BOMA Canada's recognition of excellence in resource
preservation and environmentally sound commercial building management. The
BOMA Canada Earth Award for 2007 is presented to a building that has made
significant efforts to address environmental issues faced by both older and
newer buildings.

    Winner: WorkSafeBC Richmond Complex, Richmond, British Columbia
        Managed by:    WorkSafe BC
        Owned by:      Workers' Compensation Board of British Columbia
        Architect(s):  Thompson Berwick Pratt Architects
    

    The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Canada is the voice
of Canada's commercial real estate industry with over 2,000 members in
regional associations across Canada. On behalf of the building owners,
managers, developers, facilities managers, asset managers, leasing agents,
brokers, and the product and service providers to over 1.9 Billion square feet
of commercial real estate in Canada, BOMA Canada addresses issues of national
concern, and promotes excellence in the industry through information,
education, advocacy, and recognition.




For further information:

For further information: and to receive a list of the winners contact
information, please contact: Deb Cross, Executive Vice-President, BOMA Canada,
Ottawa, Ontario, (613) 788-3787, dcross@bomacanada.ca, www.bomacanada.ca; Ken
Loeppky, CPM, Chairman, BOMA Canada, c/o Innovation Place, Regina,
Saskatchewan, (306) 787-5706; For more details on the BOMA Canada Awards
Program and criteria, please visit our website at: http://www.bomacanada.ca

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